|B. B. King: Number 1 Bluesman|
A documentary on B. B. King, the great blues singer and guitarist. It includes examples of his music as well as excerpts from an interview with Dan McClosky and Bill Newell, in which he discusses his early career, musical influences, and interest in jazz guitar. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Blues; Documentary; Popular Music
|B.A.S.E. - Bay Area Synthesizer Ensemble|
In 1974, the first and only "Bay Area Synthesizer Ensemble" (B.A.S.E.) was formed. This was an ensemble of electronic music studios (!) UC Berkeley, a room at KPFA radio station a half mile from UC, San Francisco Conservatory and San Francisco State University. The studios were connected by special telephone lines which all led into the master mix at KPFA where incoming signals were mixed electronically and then broadcast in real time...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; BASE; Music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Synthesizer music; Bay Area Synthesizer Ensemble
|Beat and Bow: Tabla and Sarangi Performances|
From the Odeon recording “Beat and Bow” (MOAE-174) which was also later released by EMI (EALP-1312) three pieces of instrumental Hindustani music. The first work is for solo tabla and is the Teental rhythm (a cycle of 16 beats). The second piece is a Raga for sarangi and tabla and is also in the Teental rhythm. The third work is also for sarangi and tabla and is in the Deepchandi rhythm (a cycle of 14 beats)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music
Phil Elwood digs deep into his archive of rare recordings to find nine featuring the solo cornet of Bix Beiderbecke. In his short but brilliant career Bix played with a number of bands and while these selections do not represent the best of his recorded work they are the rarest, some of which languished in obscurity due to mislabeling by the record companies.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Jazz; Bix Beiderbecke; Phil Elwood
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|Benjamin Lees at KPFA|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting New York composer whose Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra has been recorded for RCA, and whose larger works are finding their places in the repertories of major orchestras the country over. Lees discusses his childhood in San Francisco, and the fact that none of his works have been performed in the Bay Area. Included in the program are the first movement of his Piano Sonata No...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Orchestral Music; 20th Century Classical; Benjamin Lees
|Bettina Jonič on Dylan and Brecht|
On March 31, 1976, on the last day of a KPFA fundraising marathon, Bettina Jonič was interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian, about her album “The Bitter Mirror,” which is a recording of her one-woman revue show featuring songs by Bob Dylan and Bertolt Brecht. Trained as a ballet dancer and opera singer, Ms. Jonič is also an actress and renowned interpreter of the Brechtian songbook, and has, in addition, collaborated extensively with dramatists Peter Brook and Samuel Beckett, among others...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Music; Music Theatre; Bettina Jonič
|Beverly Bellows Harp Concert|
Beverly Bellows performs on the harp in a live concert from the KPFA studios on March 5, 1973. Works heard include a number of compositions by Lou Harrison and three pieces for harp by 16th and 17th century Spanish masters. Joining Bellows on some performances are Charles Amirkhanian and Amy Radner on percussion, and Charles’ wife Carol Law can be heard making a few comments.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Harp; Beverly Bellows
|Bland I by Bengt Emil Johnson|
Recorded in stereo quadraphonic and given the rather obscure title of “1/1970; (Bland) [(among)] I” this is an engaging piece of electronic music by the Swedish composer and sound poet Bengt Emil Johnson. In assembling a variety of sounds into a continuous yet ever shifting sequence Johnson has created a what sounds like a drive through an hallucinatory landscape inhabited but what one might imagine to be huge insects and other strange aliens.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Bengt Emil Johnson
|Blues from the Green Earth Café|
Excerpts from a benefit concert for KPFA, held at the Green Earth Café in San Francisco on April 16, 1977, featuring a number of relatively obscure Bay Area blues musicians. The program begins with the down home blues music of harpist J. C. Burris, who accompanies his energetic harmonica playing with hand slaps and yells, and sounds more like a recording from the Mississippi delta rather than the City by the Bay...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music; Blues
|Blurp! by Peg Ahrens|
Originally conceived as the soundtrack for a video sculpture piece, Blurp! is a collage of strange vocalizations, recorded individually and then mixed together by Peg Ahrens in 1974. The sounds, all made by the human voice, vary from abrupt syllables, to humming, guttural sounds, and Daffy Duck like voices. The following is from a review of the work written by Beth Anderson and which appeared in a 1974 edition of "EAR": Peg Ahrens has a new piece called BLURP!!!, and she says it is, "permutation...
Keywords: Text-sound compositions; Music; Vocalises; KPFA-FM
|Bonnie Sherk and her Portable Parks|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews artist Bonnie Sherk, about her environmental art piece “Portable Parks” in which a freeway on-ramp, and a couple of concrete traffic islands were to be temporarily turned into idyllic oasis’ of green, complete with strips of live turf, palm trees, and grazing Guernsey calves. These conceptual art installations were financed with prize money won in a San Francisco Museum of Art’s Society competition and were warmly received by the public despite some slow do...
Keywords: Interview; Conceptual Art; Interactive Art; Public Art
|Bonnie Sherk’s Report on her Portable Parks|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with artist Bonnie Sherk, about her environmental art piece “Portable Parks” in which a freeway on-ramp, and a couple of concrete traffic islands were temporarily turned into idyllic oasis’ of green, complete with strips of live turf, palm trees, and grazing Guernsey calves. These conceptual art installations were financed with prize money won in a San Francisco Museum of Art Society’s competition, and were warmly received by the public despite some slow downs i...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Interactive art; Public art; Environmental art
|Brian Eno Day|
On February 12, 1988, KPFA dedicated an entire day to take a closer look at the music and career of Brian Eno, one of the most influential composer, performer, producer, and visual artist of our times. Eno joins Charles Amirkhanian in the studios of KPFA to assist in hosting a day of his music. In a number of far ranging interviews, some previously recorded and some live in the studio, Eno discusses his English adolescence and early musical influences, as well as sharing stories about his work a...
Keywords: Interview; Music; Popular Music; New Music; Rock Music; Ambient Music; Electronic Music; Video Art
|Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980 - Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno|
Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Popular Music; Brian Eno
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